Glendale, Feb. 13 (US): Patrick Mahomes was a wizard when the Kansas City Chiefs needed him most to make another Super Bowl comeback.
Playing on his injured ankle, Mahomes threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter and scrambled for 26 yards at the kickoff before Harrison Butker kicked a 27-yard field goal with 8 seconds left to give the Chiefs a 38-35 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday night.
The Associated Press reports that the Chiefs won their second NFL title in four years and two-time NFL MVP Mahomes earned his second Super Bowl MVP award.
“I thought the guys caught the moment,” Mahomes said of the rebound after trailing at halftime by 10 points. “In that first half, we were playing and doing some good things, but I felt like everything around us was consuming players.”
Mahomes and Jalen Hurts excelled in the first Super Bowl featuring two starting QBs. Mahomes, however, turned it around in the second half after aggravating a sprained right ankle.
“It took everyone to win the game,” Mahomes shouted as red and yellow confetti littered the pitch.
And coach Andy Reid, who couldn’t win the big game in Philadelphia, beat his former team to earn his second ring with the Mahomes and the Chiefs.
“We wanted this to be really bad for him,” said Travis Kelsey. “His legacy in Philly lives on forever. … There is a lot of pride in knowing he’s had success in a couple of different organizations, but this one was for the best.”
With the score tied at 35–35, the Eagles attempted to allow the Chiefs to score a touchdown with less than two minutes left so they could get the ball back after a defensive call to cornerback James Bradbury on third-and-eight gave Kansas City a first down. But Gerrick McKinnon slid in the 2nd, forcing the Eagles to use their last timeout.
“She was holding on,” Bradbury said. “She pulled his shirt up. I was hoping they’d just let it slide.”
After Mahomes kneeled twice, Butker took his kick, sending thousands of red-clad Chiefs fans into a frenzy.
“It feels great to only see the little snippets,” said Butker, who missed 42 yards in the first quarter. “I just tried to focus on one kick and focus on the process.”
The Chiefs won their second Super Bowl following the 2019 season, 50 years after the first. Mahomes led them from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter against San Francisco in that year. It took only three years to get another Lombardy.
The Chiefs fans were outnumbered in the stadium, but they did their part to silence the boisterous Philly crowd with their Tomahawk song.